We are in unprecedented times here in our great nation, state, and city. Standard has been serving our community for over 80 years, and we are ready to serve the needs of our customers and team members while doing our best to protect the needs of the community at large. Safety is one of our six core values and is a high priority at Standard daily.
Team Standard provides a vital role in maintaining the health and safety of our community. Therefore, we will remain open during this time of social distancing. If your AC is broken, we will be there to fix it. If your plumbing backs up, we will be there to clear it.
I want to share our plan to address concerns and answer questions that you may be asking. Below is our process moving forward until further notified.
If you need service, please call our main line at 205-322-2679 for service at any hour. We have local staff handling the phones from 7 am to 8 pm most days, and we have an after-hours answering service so that you are always speaking with a person to take care of your needs.
You can also reach me at 205-271-4332 (direct), 205-966-7524 (mobile), or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be following cleaning protocols recommended by CDC and state agencies. Any team members that have a fever, are showing signs of sickness, or who have been known to be exposed and not protected will be asked to remain at home.
Service Call Precautions
We are open and running calls to homes. We want to be there in case of emergencies and ensure we keep our customers safe and comfortable at home. We also need to take caution to protect our team members and make sure they stay healthy as well.
When you call in, our office staff will ask if anyone in the home has a fever, has been diagnosed, or had exposure to the virus. We need to know to be proactive with our team’s response and level of protection. We will have some team members who do not want to be exposed to a high-risk customer, and we will respect those wishes. We will also have team members who are willing to work in that environment so that we can respond to those in most need.
In most cases, we can troubleshoot equipment from outside, in a crawl space, or in attics and basements with minimal face-to-face contact. We will be following protocols to maintain a safe work environment by wearing gloves, wearing masks if needed, and disinfecting work areas in the home and our trucks after each call.
You may be asked by a technician to speak via video or Facetime, and we may ask that you help control the thermostat while we are stationed at the equipment. We ask that you work with us so that we may provide the services needed.
We will be running maintenance calls during this time. If you are scheduled already, we plan to come, but you are welcome to reschedule so please let us know. We will call before coming and go over any precautions that we need to discuss. As mentioned above, we can often work on equipment with minimal contact. Filters inside the home will need to be changed, and we intend to do so please be aware
System maintenance is still very important and does not need to be put off for too long or ignored altogether.
Obtaining signatures for work
Our normal process is for repair work to be approved via signature before beginning work. To reduce contact, we will be suspending this requirement at this time so you will not be asked to sign a phone or tablet by our team.
For equipment sales, we have the option of electronic signature approval via email, and we will require signatures for replacement equipment.
During this time, we ask that all payments be made via electronic means via debit card, credit card, or 3rd party financing. We will not be accepting checks until notified. If you do not want to give this information to a technician, you can call it into the office to be submitted.
Measures we are taking for our team to be aware of
Some of our team members may be working remotely from home and therefore our internal communication may not be as smooth as we would like. Please be patient with our team so that we can take the best care of you and all our customers.
We intend to limit our group time as we have canceled all meetings until further notice.
Technicians already work in isolation for most of the day and are not exposed to large groups during work. We will be limiting face-to-face interaction between our office team members and field team members.
Updates from Standard
We plan to work on our plan in two-week increments unless the situation changes. We will communicate via email and social media if our plan changes.
We greatly appreciate our customers and team members here at Standard. We understand the value of reducing the spread of this virus so that our healthcare system is not overwhelmed. We are confident that we will be able to handle this predicament as quickly as possible and return to normality.